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Founded in 1946, the Mid-American

Conference is one of the nine Division l-A

conferences in the country along with the

ACC, Big 10, Big Eight, Big West, PAC-10,

SEC, SWC, and WAC.

The MAC consists of nine state-support-

ed institutions in the midwestem states of

Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. The nine cur-

rent members—Ball State University, Bowl-

ing Green State University, Central Michi-

gan University, Eastern Michigan Univer-

sity, Kent State University, Miami Univer-

sity, Ohio University, the University of

Toledo and Western Michigan University

—have all been members of the con-

ference for 15 or more years.

Throughout its existence, the MAC has

been in the forefront of national legislation

that has enhanced the academic integrity

of intercollegiate athletics. The MAC has

had an academic progress rule, strength-

ened admittance standards and qualitative

grade point average requirements for its

student-athletes long before the NCAA

adopted or discussed implementing such

academic standards.

The MAC currently sponsors 18 cham-

pionships. In men's sports, the MAC has

sponsored championships in football, base-

ball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track

and field since its founding, and added

swimming and wrestling championships

five years later.

In 1980, the MAC Council of Presidents

voted to bring women's athletics into the

conference structure. The MAC currently

sponsors women's championships in bas-

ketball, cross country, field hockey, gym-

nastics, softball, swimming, tennis, track

and field, and volleyball.

In the 43-year history of the conference,

numerous MAC football teams and players

have received national recognition. Bowl-

ing Green was recognized as the national

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Troy Dawsoncelebrates 1985 MAC Foot-

ball Championship.

college division champion in 1959, and

Ohio won similar honors in 1960. After

MAC teams achieved major college status,

Toledo compiled a 35-gamewinning streak

from 1969-71, the second longest such

streak in modern major college football

history. Miami beat Florida, Georgia and

South Carolina in the 1973,1974 and 1975

Tangerine Bowls. In the last few years,

among the non-conferencevictims of MAC

teams are opponents from the Big 10, Big

Eight, SEC and WAC.

The 1989 MAC Champion will represent

the conference againstthe champion of the

Big West Conference in the California

Raisin Bowl on December 9 in Fresno, CA.

MAC schools have a reputation for

developing outstanding coaches. In last

year's Fiesta Bowl which pitted Notre

Dame againstWest Virginia for the national

championship, it was Kent graduate

Lou Holtz against Bowling Green graduate

Don Nehlen. On the same day in the Rose

Bowl, Miami graduate Bo Schembechler

directed his Michigan team to victory over

Southern Cal coached by Bowling Green

graduate Larry Smith. Among other current

or former head coaches who played at

and/or coached at MACschools areWoody

Hayes, Ara Parseghian, Don James, Paul

Brown, Bill Mallory, Dave McClain, Don

McCafferty, Weeb Ewbank, Frank Lauter-

bur, John Pont and two of the three 1988

inductees into the National Football Foun-

dation Hall of Fame: Doyt Perry and Jack

Mollenkopf.

Among current NFL players from MAC

schools. Dophins' linebacker John Offer-

dahl (Western Michigan) was the 1986

Rookie of the Year, Rams' center Doug

Smith (Bowling Green) is a Pro Bowler and

12-year veteran; Bengals' defensive back

Robert Jackson (Central Michigan) is the

senior member of the five former Chip-

pewas in the NFL; and defensive lineman

Brent Williams (Toledo) is a rising star with

the Patriots.

After concluding successful

careers, Bernie Casey(BowlingGreen) and

Tim Brown (Ball State), two former stan-

douts at current MAC schools, went to

Hollywood and have made nu

television and movie appearances.

MAC student-athletes are regularly se-

lected to the GTE Academic All-America

teams. In the last six years alone, MAC

student-athletes have received Academic

All-America honors 82 times. Since the

Academic All-America program was estab-

lished 20 years ago, MAC football players

have earned that distinction 38 times. Five

of the 48 Division I football players honored

on the 1988 Academic All-America team

were from MAC schools.

ALL-TIME FOOTBALL STANDINGS

1980-88 MAC FOOTBALL STANDINGS

School

(1st yr.

in MAC) Yrs.

Central Michigan (1975) .. 14

Miami (1948)

BowlingGreen

(1952) ... 37

Ball State (1975)

Ohio (1947)

Toledo (1952)

Western Michigan (1948) . 41

Kent (1951)

Eastern Michigan (1976).. 13

•Includes co-cfciampionships

Won Lost Tied Pet. Titles*

81

31

5

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2

161

70

7

.691

13

146

86

9

.624

8

58

49

0

.542

2

129

136

8

.487

5

112

132

4

.460

6

113

146

8

.438

2

96

149

4

.394

1

30

71

5

.307

1

School Won Lost Tied

Central Michigan

Bowling Green

Toledo

Miami

Western Michigan

Ball State

Ohio

Kent

Eastern Michigan

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